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Americas Sales for the Week Ending November 29, 2008

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325w ago - Black Friday sales for the video game industry were excellent. Nintendo sold 1.8m systems for the week ending November 29 while machines from rivals Microsoft and Sony combined to sell about 1.1m units.

Software sales were quite strong as well, but the vast majority of the spike this week is simply from the fact that Americans spent $10 billion ($30/per American if every American shopped) on Black Friday according to various reports, and a lot of that went to video games.

Last year, Black Friday week sales were strong as well, but Wii, DS, and Xbox 360 saw significantly better sales this year. PS3 had the weakest Black Friday to Black Friday growth, at 13%, and PS2 declined.

Sony's machines accounted for about 1 out of 3 video game machines sold (31%) during Black Friday week in 2007, this year that ratio is down to about 2 out of 9 (22%) as the shares for Microsoft and Nintendo increase.

Although Wii had a smaller percentage increase, it increased almost as much as DS did in raw units sold (470,000 vs. 610,000). Five Xbox 360s sold for every two that sold last week, an impressive increase.

PSP had a percentage increase almost as great as PS2, and DS in percentage, but it was only about a 170,000 unit increase. PS2 and PS3 each saw increases of almost 100,000 units...
 

Global PlayStation 3 Releases for the Week of November 30, 2008

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326w ago - This week marks the end of the brutal end-of-year release period. We're ending on a high note with Prince of Persia's worldwide release.

We've been looking forward to this one for quite some time, so hopefully it'll live up to expectations. Here's the full release list:

US Games
• SingStar ABBA
• Prince of Persia (free Limited Edition upgrade)

EU Games
• Prince of Persia
• Brain Challenge

Asian Games
• Brain Challenge
• Prince of Persia
• Pro Yakyuu Spirits 5 Kanzenban
• Saints Row 2

PS3 games are region free, so go ahead and import any games you fancy. Try to keep in mind, however, that DLC is always region locked. So your US game will only read content downloaded from the US PSN Store.

Finally, Prince of Persia has been confirmed to have DLC coming in the future. Release dates are constantly subject to change, so check with your local retailer if you have any worries.
 

Global PlayStation 3 Releases for the Week of November 23, 2008

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327w ago - The merciless Christmas period is coming to an end now and the onslaught of games is beginning to relent. So much so that there are no new releases to be found this week in America.

Europe finally catches up with Resistance 2 alongside a few rubbish games no-one cares about. Here's the full release list:

US Games

• No new releases

EU Games

• Resistance 2
• Disney Sing It: High School Musical 3 (With microphones)
• Madagascar 2: Escape 2 Africa
• Armored Core: For Answer

Asian Games

• Brothers In Arms: Hell's Highway
• Winning Eleven 2009

Release dates are constantly subject to change, so be sure to check with your local retailer before you do anything rash.
 

Metal Gear Online MEME Expansion Arrives on PSN Next Week

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327w ago - Konami announced today that the Meme expansion should be available for download next week. November 25th to be exact, which places the release on a Tuesday. I would have expected it on a Thursday, but I suppose most be too busy with the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Meme expansion of course adds three new maps to Metal Gear Online, along with two new characters; Revolver Ocelot and the lovely Mei Ling, who has the means to transfix enemies by strutting her stuff.

Press Release: Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH reveals new MEME EXPANSION for Metal Gear Online

Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH has announced that the latest downloadable content for its Metal Gear Online title for PLAYSTATION3 will be released on November 25th. Entitled MEME EXPANSION, the download adds new characters and gameplay elements to Hideo Kojima's hugely popular online epic.

The MEME EXPANSION unveils two new special characters, which are playable for the first time. Liquid Ocelot enters the fray with the ability to manipulate the Sons of the Patriots' lock system using his Guns of the Patriots skills, and can also deactivate the weaponry of a targeted for within Metal Gear Online's multi-player modes. Similarly, Mei Ling comes into play with three unique attributes, including the Trench Mortar weapon,...
 

Global PlayStation 3 Releases for the Week of November 16, 2008

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328w ago - Ready for a bunch of new PlayStation 3 games to be unleashed upon the world? This week sees the release of Need For Speed: Undercover, Mortal Kombat Vs DC Universe and Tomb Raider Underworld. Plus a bunch of other titles.. the full PS3 release list is below:

US Games
• Mortal Kombat Vs DC Universe ("Kollector's" edition)
• Shaun White Snowboarding
• NPPL Championship Paintball 2009
• Tomb Raider Underworld
• Disney's Bolt
• Karaoke Revolution: American Idol
• Alone In The Dark: Inferno

European Games
• Tomb Raider Underworld
• Need For Speed: Undercover
• Mortal Kombat Vs DC Universe (Collector's Edition)
• The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon
• Rise of the Argonauts
• Rapala Fishing Frenzy 2009
• World Championship Off Road Racing

Asian Games
• Aquanaut's Holiday (English/Chinese version)
• Mercenaries 2
• MotorStorm Pacific Rift
• Shaun White Snowboarding

Don't forget that PS3 games are region free, so go ahead and import any games you fancy (Aquanaut's Holiday maybe, now it's in English?) Be aware that downloadable content is region-specific, however, so if you do import any games you'll need...
 
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